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All About Eve

1967 US re-release film poster
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring Bette Davis
Anne Baxter
George Sanders
Celeste Holm
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Editing by Barbara McLean
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) October 13, 1950
(NYC premiere)
7 June, 1951(Australia)
Running time 138 min
Country United States
Language English
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

All About Eve is a 1950 drama film, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story "The Wisdom of Eve," by Mary Orr. Image File history File links AllAboutEve. ... Joseph Leo Mankiewicz (February 11, 1909 – February 5, 1993) was an American screenwriter, director and producer. ... Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902–December 22, 1979) was a producer, writer, actor and director who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career being rivalled only by that of Adolph Zukor). ... This article is about the actress. ... For the fictional soap opera character, see Anne Baxter (Neighbours). ... Do you mean: George Sanders (1906-1972), the British actor George Sanders, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on the first day of the Battle of the Somme This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Celeste Holm (b. ... Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was a major American composer of music for films. ... Milton R. Krasner was a film cinematographer. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1950 in film involved some significant events. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... is the 158th day of the year (159th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... All About Eve may refer to: All About Eve, a 1950 film. ... The year 1950 in film involved some significant events. ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Joseph Leo Mankiewicz (February 11, 1909 – February 5, 1993) was an American screenwriter, director and producer. ... Mary Caswell Orr (December 21, 1910 – September 22, 2006) was an American actress and short story author whose The Wisdom of Eve, written in 1946, was the basis of the Academy Award-winning film All About Eve. ...


The film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star. Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life, ultimately threatening Channing's career and her personal relationships. George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Thelma Ritter also appear, and the film provided one of Marilyn Monroe's earliest important roles. This article is about the actress. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... For the fictional soap opera character, see Anne Baxter (Neighbours). ... Fans of Janet Jackson, at Much Music in Toronto The word fan refers to someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a person, group of persons, work of art, idea, or trend. ... This article is about the actor. ... Celeste Holm (b. ... Marlowe in Night and the City (1950) Hugh Marlowe was a film, television, stage and radio actor. ... Gary Merrill (August 2, 1915 - March 5, 1990) was a U. S. film and television actor whose credits included more than fifty feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and dozens of TV guest appearances. ... Ṝ Thelma Ritter (February 14, 1902 – February 5, 1969) was a six time Academy Award-nominated American character actress of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson;[1] baptised Norma Jeane Baker June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe-winning,[2] critically-acclaimed[3][4][5] American actress, singer, model, Hollywood icon,[6] cultural icon, fashion icon,[7] pop icon,[8] film executive[9] and sex symbol. ...


Praised by critics at the time of its release, All About Eve was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, the largest number of Academy Award nominations for any film, and won six, including Best Picture. Widely regarded as a classic in cinema history, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, and appeared at #16 on AFI's list of the 100 best American films. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... ©A.M.P.A.S.® The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to artists working in the motion picture industry. ... While there is no agreement upon the greatest film of all time, many publications and organizations have tried to determine the films considered the greatest ever. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The American Film Institute, celebrating the 100th anniversary of film, created several top 100 lists covering movies in American cinema. ...

Contents

Plot

Bette Davis as Margo Channing
Bette Davis as Margo Channing

Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, but despite her unmatched success, she is beginning to show her age. After a performance one night, she encounters a young woman named Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve claims to be her biggest fan, and an aspiring actress from San Francisco, but gradually the film reveals that she is a scheming and duplicitous woman who plans to take from Margo everything she holds dear: her lover (Gary Merrill), her friends (Celeste Holm and Hugh Marlowe), and her stage career and fame. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the actress. ... This article is about the actress. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... For the fictional soap opera character, see Anne Baxter (Neighbours). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Gary Merrill (August 2, 1915 - March 5, 1990) was a U. S. film and television actor whose credits included more than fifty feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and dozens of TV guest appearances. ... Celeste Holm (b. ... Marlowe in Night and the City (1950) Hugh Marlowe was a film, television, stage and radio actor. ...


Eve begins working to supplant Margo, scheming to become her understudy and taking advantage when Margo is unfairly prevented from making a performance, so that she herself can step in, performing to an audience full of critics. When this fails to jump-start her career, she blackmails her way into playing the next role Margo had been promised, unaware that Margo herself, unhappy at playing roles that are now too young for her, has decided not to do it anyway. An understudy is a theatrical term for someone who learns the lines and moves of a leading actor or actress in a theatrical play. ...


Eve, now a Broadway star, is presented with an award for her performance in that role. Afterwards, she encounters an apparently besotted young fan who had sneaked into her apartment – and the cycle begins again.


Production

Origin

The story of All About Eve originated in an anecdote related to Mary Orr by actress Elisabeth Bergner. While performing in The Two Mrs. Carrolls during 1943 and 1944, Bergner allowed a young fan to become part of her household and employed her as an assistant, but later regretted her generosity when the woman attempted to undermine her. Referring to her only as "the terrible girl," Bergner related the events to Orr, who used it as the basis for her short story "The Wisdom of Eve." In the story, Orr gives the girl a more ruthless character and allows her to succeed in stealing the career of the older actress. Bergner later confirmed the basis of the story in her autobiography Bewundert viel, und viel gescholten (Greatly Admired and Greatly Scolded). Mary Caswell Orr (December 21, 1910 – September 22, 2006) was an American actress and short story author whose The Wisdom of Eve, written in 1946, was the basis of the Academy Award-winning film All About Eve. ... Elisabeth Bergner was born Elisabeth Ettel on August 22, 1897, in Drohobycz, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Drogobych, Ukraine). ... The Two Mrs. ...


In 1949, Mankiewicz was considering a story about an aging actress and, upon reading "The Wisdom of Eve," felt the conniving girl would be a useful added element. He sent a memo to Darryl F. Zanuck saying it "fits in with an original idea [of mine] and can be combined. Superb starring role for Susan Hayward." Mankiewicz presented a film treatment of the combined stories under the title Best Performance. He changed the main character's name from Margola Cranston to Margo Channing and retained several of Orr's characters, Eve Harrington, Lloyd and Karen Richards, and Miss Caswell, while removing Margo Channing's husband completely and replacing him with a new character, Bill Sampson. The intention was to depict Channing in a new relationship and allow Eve Harrington to threaten both Channing's professional and personal lives. Mankiewicz also added the characters Addison DeWitt, Birdie Coonan, Max Fabian, and Phoebe. Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902–December 22, 1979) was a producer, writer, actor and director who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career being rivalled only by that of Adolph Zukor). ... For other persons named Hayward, see Hayward (disambiguation). ... A treatment or more properly film treatment is a short piece of prose intended to be turned into a screenplay for a motion picture. ...


Zanuck was enthusiastic and provided numerous suggestions for improving the screenplay. In some sections he felt Mankiewicz's writing lacked subtlety or provided excessive detail. He suggested diluting Birdie Coonan's jealousy of Eve so the audience would not recognize Eve as a villain until much later in the story. Zanuck reduced the screenplay by about 50 pages and chose the title All About Eve from the opening scenes in which Addison DeWitt says he will soon tell "more of Eve ... All about Eve, in fact." [1]


Casting and characters

The principal cast of All About Eve. (Left to right) Gary Merrill, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Hugh Marlowe and Celeste Holm.
The principal cast of All About Eve. (Left to right) Gary Merrill, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Hugh Marlowe and Celeste Holm.

Bette Davis was cast as Margo Channing after Claudette Colbert severely injured her back and was forced to withdraw shortly before filming began. Image File history File links AllAboutEvecastpromo. ... Image File history File links AllAboutEvecastpromo. ... Gary Merrill (August 2, 1915 - March 5, 1990) was a U. S. film and television actor whose credits included more than fifty feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and dozens of TV guest appearances. ... This article is about the actress. ... Do you mean: George Sanders (1906-1972), the British actor George Sanders, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on the first day of the Battle of the Somme This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For the fictional soap opera character, see Anne Baxter (Neighbours). ... Marlowe in Night and the City (1950) Hugh Marlowe was a film, television, stage and radio actor. ... Celeste Holm (b. ... This article is about the actress. ... Claudette Colbert (September 13, 1903 – July 30, 1996) was an Academy Award-winning French-born American actress. ...


Davis, who had recently ended a 19-year association with Warner Brothers after several poorly received films, later commented she had read the script in one sitting and immediately accepted the role after realizing it was one of the best she had ever read. Channing had originally been conceived as genteel and knowingly humorous, but with the casting of Davis, Mankiewicz revised the character to be more abrasive. Among other actresses considered before Colbert were Mankiewicz's original inspiration, Susan Hayward, rejected by Zanuck as "too young," Marlene Dietrich, dismissed as "too German," and Gertrude Lawrence, who was ruled out of contention when her agent suggested, "Wouldn't it be nice if Gertie sat by the piano and sang?" Zanuck favored Barbara Stanwyck, but she was not available. Mankiewicz praised Davis for both her professionalism and the calibre of her performance, but in later years continued to discuss how Colbert would have played the role. Warner Bros. ... For other persons named Hayward, see Hayward (disambiguation). ... Marlene Dietrich IPA: ; (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992) was a German-born American actress, singer and entertainer. ... Gertrude Lawrence (July 4, 1898 - September 6, 1952) was an actress and musical performer popular in the 1930s and 1940s, appearing on stage in London and on Broadway, and in several films. ... Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) was a four-time Academy Award-nominated, three-time Emmy Award-winning, and Golden Globe-winning American actress of film, stage, and screen. ...


Anne Baxter had spent a decade in supporting roles and had won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Razor's Edge in 1947. She got the role of Eve Harrington after the first choice, Jeanne Crain, became pregnant. Crain was at the height of her popularity and had established a career playing likable heroines; Zanuck believed she lacked the "bitch virtuosity" required by the part, and audiences would not accept her as a deceitful character. For the fictional soap opera character, see Anne Baxter (Neighbours). ... Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... The Razors Edge is the first film version of W. Somerset Maughams 1944 novel. ... Jeanne Crain Jeanne Elizabeth Crain (May 25, 1925 – December 14, 2003) was an American actress. ...


The role of Bill Sampson was originally intended for John Garfield or Ronald Reagan. Reagan's future wife Nancy Davis was considered for Karen Richards and Jose Ferrer for Addison DeWitt. Zsa Zsa Gabor actively sought the role of Phoebe without realizing the producers were considering her, along with Angela Lansbury, for Miss Caswell. John Garfield (March 4, 1913 – May 21, 1952) was an Academy Award nominated American actor. ... Reagan redirects here. ... White House portrait Nancy Davis Reagan (born July 6, 1921 (or, according to herself, 1923)) is the widow of President Ronald Reagan and was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. ... José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron, known as José Ferrer (January 8, 1912-January 26, 1992), was an actor and director, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. ... Zsa Zsa Gábor (born Sári Gábor on February 6, 1917)) is a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. ... Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) is an English three-time Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-nominated, four-time Tony-winning and six-time Golden Globe-winning actress and singer best known for her work in film, her award-winning tenures on Broadway in such musicals as Mame, Gypsy...

A young and unknown Marilyn Monroe (Miss Caswell) in a scene with Anne Baxter, Bette Davis and George Sanders.
A young and unknown Marilyn Monroe (Miss Caswell) in a scene with Anne Baxter, Bette Davis and George Sanders.

Mankiewicz greatly admired Thelma Ritter and wrote the character of Birdie Coonan for her after working with her on A Letter to Three Wives in (1949). As Coonan was the only one immediately suspicious of Eve Harrington, he was confident Ritter would contribute a shrewd characterisation casting doubt on Harrington and providing a counterpoint to the more "theatrical" personalities of the other characters. Marilyn Monroe, relatively unknown at the time, was cast as Miss Caswell, referred to by DeWitt as a "graduate of the Copacabana School of Dramatic Art." Monroe got the part despite Zanuck's initial antipathy and belief she was better suited to comedy. Smaller roles were filled by Gregory Ratoff as the producer Max Fabian, Barbara Bates as Phoebe, a young fan of Eve Harrington, and Walter Hampden as the master of ceremonies at an award presentation. [1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson;[1] baptised Norma Jeane Baker June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe-winning,[2] critically-acclaimed[3][4][5] American actress, singer, model, Hollywood icon,[6] cultural icon, fashion icon,[7] pop icon,[8] film executive[9] and sex symbol. ... For the fictional soap opera character, see Anne Baxter (Neighbours). ... This article is about the actress. ... Do you mean: George Sanders (1906-1972), the British actor George Sanders, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on the first day of the Battle of the Somme This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Ṝ Thelma Ritter (February 14, 1902 – February 5, 1969) was a six time Academy Award-nominated American character actress of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. ... (Left to right) Darnell, Sothern and Crain A Letter to Three Wives is a 1949 film which tells the story of a woman who mails a letter to three women, telling them she has left town with the husband of one of them. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson;[1] baptised Norma Jeane Baker June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe-winning,[2] critically-acclaimed[3][4][5] American actress, singer, model, Hollywood icon,[6] cultural icon, fashion icon,[7] pop icon,[8] film executive[9] and sex symbol. ... Gregory Ratoff was an American film director, actor and producer. ... Actress Barbara Bates Film actress Barbara Bates (August 6, 1925-March 18, 1969) was a film actress of the 1940s and 1950s. ... Walter Hampden is the artist name of Walter Hampden Dougherty (born June 30, 1879 in Brooklyn; died June 11, 1955 in Los Angeles) was a U.S. actor and theatre manager. ...


Cast list

This article is about the actress. ... For the fictional soap opera character, see Anne Baxter (Neighbours). ... Do you mean: George Sanders (1906-1972), the British actor George Sanders, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on the first day of the Battle of the Somme This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Celeste Holm (b. ... Gary Merrill (August 2, 1915 - March 5, 1990) was a U. S. film and television actor whose credits included more than fifty feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and dozens of TV guest appearances. ... Marlowe in Night and the City (1950) Hugh Marlowe was a film, television, stage and radio actor. ... Gregory Ratoff was an American film director, actor and producer. ... Actress Barbara Bates Film actress Barbara Bates (August 6, 1925-March 18, 1969) was a film actress of the 1940s and 1950s. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson;[1] baptised Norma Jeane Baker June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe-winning,[2] critically-acclaimed[3][4][5] American actress, singer, model, Hollywood icon,[6] cultural icon, fashion icon,[7] pop icon,[8] film executive[9] and sex symbol. ... Ṝ Thelma Ritter (February 14, 1902 – February 5, 1969) was a six time Academy Award-nominated American character actress of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. ...

Response

Critical reaction

All About Eve received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics upon its release on October 13, 1950 at a New York City premiere. The film's competitor, Sunset Blvd., released the same year, drew similar praise, and the two were often favorably compared. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times says of Davis that "veteran actress Margo Channing in All About Eve was her greatest role".[2] A collection of reviews from the film's release are stored on the website Rottentomatoes.com, and All About Eve has garnered 100% positive reviews there, making it "Certified fresh." Boxoffice.com stated that it "is a classic of the American cinema -- to this day the quintessential depiction of ruthless ambition in the entertainment industry, with legendary performances from Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders anchoring one of the very best films from one of Hollywood's very best Golden Era filmmakers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It is a film that belongs on every collector's shelf - whether on video or DVD. It is a classic that deserves better than what Fox has given it."[3] is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Sunset Boulevard (also known as Sunset Blvd. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Chicago Sun-Times The Chicago Sun-Times is an American newspaper publishing out of Chicago, Illinois. ... Rotten Tomatoes (http://www. ...


Awards

Academy Awards (United States)

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Golden Globe Awards (United States)

  • Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Nominated: Best Drama Motion Picture - Darryl F. Zanuck, producer
  • Nominated: Best Drama Motion Picture Actress - Bette Davis
  • Nominated: Best Motion Picture Director - Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - George Sanders
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Thelma Ritter

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NY Film Critics Circle Awards (United States)

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DGA Awards (United States)

  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Motion Picture - Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Cannes Film Festival (France)

  • Best Actress Prize - Bette Davis
  • Jury Special Prize - Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Nominated: Grand Prize of the Festival - Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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BAFTA (United Kingdom)

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Later recognition and rankings

In 1990, All About Eve was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film received in 1997 a placement on the Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame. In 1998, the movie ranked #16 on the American Film Institute list of the 100 Best American movies of all time. The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ... Producers Guild of America (PGA) is a trade organization representing the television and film producers in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The first of the AFI 100 Years. ...


In 2003, the character of Eve Harrington (interpreted by Anne Baxter) ranked #23 on the American Film Institute list of the 50 Best Villains of American Cinema. In 2005, the phrase, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night" (spoken by the character of Margo Channing in the film) ranked #9 on the American Film Institute list of the 100 Best Movie Quotes of American Cinema. AFIs 100 Years. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ...


In 2007, the film ranked #28 when the American Film Institute issued its 10th Anniversary Edition of the 100 Best American movies of all time -- a drop in 12 positions from its ranking of #16 on the original 1998 AFI list. The film also earns a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. AFI’s 100 Years. ... AFI’s 100 Years. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Sarah Siddons Award

The film opens with the image of a fictitious award trophy, described by DeWitt as the "highest honor our theater knows - the Sarah Siddons Award for Distinguished Achievement." In 1952, a small group of distinguished Chicago theater-goers began to give an award with that name, which was sculpted to look like the one used in the film. It has been given annually, with past honorees including Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Celeste Holm, Deborah Kerr and Barbara Rush. The Sarah Siddons Society is an American non-profit organization founded in 1952 by prominent Chicago theatre patrons with the goal of promoting excellence in the theatre. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) is an English three-time Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-nominated, four-time Tony-winning and six-time Golden Globe-winning actress and singer best known for her work in film, her award-winning tenures on Broadway in such musicals as Mame, Gypsy... Bernadette Peters (born February 28, 1948) is an American actress and singer. ... Celeste Holm (b. ... Deborah Kerr, CBE (September 30, 1921 – October 16, 2007) was a Golden Globe Award-winning Scottish actress who was also awarded an honorary Academy Award and BAFTA recognition. ... Barbara Rush publicity photo for It Came from Outer Space Barbara Rush (born January 4, 1927 in Denver, Colorado) is an American stage, film, and television actress. ...


Adaptations

A radio version of All About Eve starring Tallulah Bankhead as Margo Channing was presented on NBC's The Big Show by the Theatre Guild of the Air on November 16, 1952.[4] The production is notable in that Mary Orr, the writer of the original short story that formed the basis for the original film, played the role of Karen Richards. The cast also featured Alan Hewitt as Addison DeWitt (who narrated), Beatrice Pearson as Eve Harrington, Don Briggs as Lloyd Richards, Kevin McCarthy as Bill Samson, Florence Robinson as Birdie Koonan, and Stefan Schnabel as Max Fabian.[5] Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress, talk-show host and bon vivant. ... This article is about the television network. ... When The Big Show premiered November 5, 1950, this ad, showing NBCs full evening schedule, ran in Sunday newspapers across the country. ... Kevin McCarthy has been a radio-tv personality in north Texas since Gordon McLendon brought him to Dallas as part of the original staff of KNUS/99 in 1972. ...


Somewhat more famously, in 1970 the film was made into the stage musical Applause, with book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. The original production starred Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical that season. It ran for four previews and 896 performances at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. The Black Crook (1866), considered by some historians to be the first musical[1] Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Applause (Latin applaudere, to strike upon, clap) is primarily the expression of approval by the act of clapping, or striking the palms of the hands together, in order to create noise; generally any expression of approval. ... Comden and Green was the writing duo of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. ... Adolph Green (December 2, 1914 – October 23, 2002) was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved movie musicals, particularly as part of Arthur Freeds production unit at MGM, during the genres heyday. ... Lee Adams (born August 14, 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio) is a Jewish-American lyricist best known for his collaboration with Charles Strouse in the musical theatre. ... Charles Strouse, (born 7 June 1928), is an American composer and three-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. ... Bacall redirects here. ... Notable theatres called the Palace Theatre include: Palace Theatre, London Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea, EssexA real play house with Edwardian splendour. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ...


The plot of the film has been used numerous times (frequently as an outright homage to the film), perhaps the most famous example being a 1974 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, "A New Sue Ann." In the episode, the character of Sue Ann Nivens, hostess of a popular local cooking show, hires a young, pretty and very eager fan as her apprentice and assistant, but the neophyte quickly begins to sabotage her mentor, in an attempt to replace her as host of the show. (Sue Ann, however, unlike Margo Channing, prevails in the end, countering the young woman's attempts to steal her success, and sending her on her way.)[6] Mary Tyler Moore is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. ...


Memorable quotes

Margo Channing: Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy night.


Karen Richards: This beats all world's records for running, standing or jumping gall!


Eve Harrington: If nothing else, there's applause. It's like - like waves of love coming over the footlights and wrapping you up.


Miss Caswell: Why do they always look like unhappy rabbits? (referring to theatrical producers)


Birdie: What a story ! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end!


Lloyd Richards: It's about time the piano realized that it has not written the concerto.


Bill Sampson: Don't cry. Just score it as an incomplete forward pass.


Addison DeWitt: We all have abnormality in common. We're a breed apart from the rest of humanity, we theatre folk; We are the original displaced personalties.


Addison DeWitt: You could sleep now, couldn't you? The mark of a true killer.


Birdie: Do you want an argument or an answer?


Margo Channing: Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke.


Eve Harrington: I'd like to hear it.


Margo Channing: Yes, some snowy evening in front of the fire.


Lloyd Richards: The atmosphere is very MacBeth-ish...what has, or is about to, happen?


Margo Channing: It hasn't been laid out, we haven't finished with the embalming. As a matter of fact, you're looking at it: the remains of Margo Channing...sitting up...it is my last request to be buried sitting up.


Bill Sampson: Wouldn't it be more natural for you to be taking a bow?


Bill Sampson: Real diamonds in a wig, the world we live in.


References

Notes

  1. ^ a b Staggs, Sam: All About "All About Eve". St Martin's Press, 2001. ISBN 0-312-27315-0
  2. ^ Roger Ebert "All About Eve (1950)" Chicago Sun-Times (11 June 2000)
  3. ^ http://www.boxoffice.com/boxoffice_scr/boxoffice_dvd_result.asp?terms=12
  4. ^ Ironically, Bette Davis played three roles that had been originated on Broadway by Tallulah Bankhead (in Dark Victory, Reflected Glory and The Little Foxes) — Bankhead and Davis were considered to be somewhat similar in style, with Davis a more disciplined performer who understood film better than Bankhead.
  5. ^ liner notes, All About Eve, Moving Finger LP MF002
  6. ^ "A New Sue Ann"

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Awards
Preceded by
All the King's Men
Academy Award for Best Picture
1950
Succeeded by
An American in Paris
Preceded by
Bicycle Thieves
BAFTA Award for Best Film from any Source
1951
Succeeded by
La Ronde
Preceded by
n/a
Special Jury Prize, Cannes
1951
Succeeded by
Nous sommes tous des assassins

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All About Eve (1950) Overview (1002 words)
Eve explains that her life changed when she happened to see Margo in a play in San Francisco, and when the production moved to New York, Eve followed.
Eve asks for the lead in Lloyd's new play, adding that Addison will print the truth about Margo's missed performance if her demand is not met.
To Eve's surprise, Addison coldly vetoes her plans, saying he has uncovered her scandalous past, and that Karen told him about Eve's attempt to flmail her.
All About Eve :: rogerebert.com :: Great Movies (1212 words)
Her veteran actress Margo Channing in "All About Eve" (1950) was her greatest role; it seems to show her defeated by the wiles of a younger actress, but in fact marks a victory: the triumph of personality and will over the superficial power of beauty.
When Eve understudies for Margo and gets great reviews, Mankiewicz wisely never shows us her performance; better to imagine it, and focus on the girl whose look is a little too intense, whose eyes a little too focused, whose modesty is somehow suspect.
When "All About Eve" was recycled into the Broadway musical "Applause," Mankiewicz observed that the studio had received "infinitely more" in royalties than it paid him for writing and directing the film.
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